enlargement

noun

en·​large·​ment in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio)
en-
1
: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
2
: a photographic print larger than the negative that is made by projecting the negative image through a lens onto a photographic printing surface

Example Sentences

Symptoms include enlargement of the lymph nodes. The plans call for an enlargement of the company's offices.
Recent Examples on the Web And the enlargement started happening before amyloid plaques were deposited. Quanta Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 Sea moss is rich in minerals, which can help fight prostate enlargement. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 The boy was born with End Stage Renal Disease, an enlargement of the bladder, kidneys and ureters caused by a urinary tract obstruction. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Aug. 2022 Nevertheless, many experts say NATO’s likely enlargement is a huge blow for the Russian president, not only symbolically but practically. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 29 June 2022 When Rambukkana’s team examined the infected livers, though, the enlargement didn’t appear to be the product of an immune response. Eric Boodman, STAT, 17 Nov. 2022 So, veterinarians use it as a marker for heart enlargement, heart disease and congestive heart failure. Lee Pickett, Vmd, Arkansas Online, 7 Nov. 2022 The church also built a new educational wing, an enlargement of the sanctuary and the chapel wing. Evan Casey, Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2022 Some women develop uterine fibroids — benign tumors on the wall of the uterus which can cause pain as well as frequent urination, lower back pain, a feeling of fullness and enlargement of the lower abdomen, according to the Office on Women’s Health. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 25 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of enlargement was in 1540

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“Enlargement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlargement. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

enlargement

noun
en·​large·​ment in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio)
1
: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
2
: a photographic print made larger than the negative

Medical Definition

enlargement

noun
en·​large·​ment in-ˈlärj-mənt How to pronounce enlargement (audio)
: an act or instance of enlarging : the state of being enlarged
enlargement of the heart
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